United Nations Human Rights Council
Chairs: Ethan Donovan & Zhizhen (Mei) Zhang
Topic A: LGBTQ+ Rights
LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and includes various other sexual orientation/gender identification such as pansexual and asexual, and the full initialism of LGBTQ+ is LGBTTTQQIAA. Although homosexuality and other sexual orientations/gender identifications have become more and more widely accepted, there are still many nations and peoples who do not approve of the LGBTQ+ community and may cause verbal or physical harm towards those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ rights include protection against any form of abuse or discrimination, freedom of expression or association, equality in society, and in some countries, legalizing LGBTQ+ relations.
Topic B: Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is the trade of humans with the purpose of forced labor or imposed sexual slavery to the trafficker or others. Human trafficking can be split into two major categories-- sex trafficking and labor trafficking-- both of which horrendous and horrifying to the victims. Unfortunately, this is an industry that brings in a huge amount of wealth, reaching around $150 billion. But behind the large sums of money it brings in, it also denies around 40.3 million people their freedom and also forces them to endure horrors no one should. Fortunately, various hotlines have been set up to try and prevent cases of human trafficking, and more than 40,000 total cases have been reported to the hotline in the past 10 years.